Top 10 in demand freelance skills in 2020

Top 10 in demand freelance skills in 2020

As a freelancer who has been moonlighting for over two decades, I have seen a lot of ups and downs in demand for trending and emerging skills. A skill that is high in demand for a couple of years goes out of demand in the future and is replaced by another skill.

I have seen Macromedia Flash, Swift 3d, and Freehand fade away like dirt in thin air. It was just about yesterday, Flash was a hot cake, high in demand and everyone was looking to get their website developed with cheesy flash animations similar to animation on, a website that was an inspiration for many.

Time flies but it changes so many things along the way. Today, Flash is no more, eRain’s Swift 3d has gone out of business and Adobe Illustrator has taken over Macromedia Freehand.

In my blog posts, I have covered top in-demand skills from many websites. Every freelance marketplace publishes their in-demand skills on the basis of the trend that’s followed in their marketplace. However, I have observed, there are certain skills that have always been in demand and somehow by highlighting new, emerging skills — these evergreen skills don’t get a shout out and find a place in the list.

As a Freelancer who has been in this business for a very long time and also as an instructor who has seen it more closely than many out there, here are my top 10 in-demand skills for all freelance marketplaces. The order does not necessarily depict the number of projects or high demand.

The order is organized on the basis of my observation of projects on Upwork, PeoplePerHour,, and

10- Data Entry/Virtual Assistant

Regardless of all major technical skills, data entry and virtual assistant jobs have always been in demand. These skills do not require any four-year college degree and are in demand on all freelancer websites.

9- Creative Writer

I have observed, all freelancer websites have a huge influx of frequent new projects looking for content writers, bloggers.

Usually, the requirement is to look for a writer who can write an SEO researched article that has a typical word length ranging from 500 to 2000. Often in such posts, the client specifically requests writers to do the keyword research so the article gets ranked when published.

Similarly, there is a huge demand for bloggers as well to write frequently for blogs.

8- Animations/Video Creation

All major social media websites prefer video content over pictures and text posts. This has increased the demand for video creation, animation because they gain better engagement. Even when advertised, they fetch better results.

YouTube has grown in huge popularity in the recent past. This has also raised the demand for video creation and animation. Software such as Fimora, Adobe Premier are very popular for video editing jobs.

7- Digital Marketing/Social Media Marketing

The demand for social media marketing, digital marketing services has surfaced up in recent years because of increase in the usage of popular social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and Pinterest. This tells us that they are going to hold a prominent place in the future as in-demand skills.

Small businesses are looking for DM (Digital Marketing) and SMMA (Social media marketing agency) experts to help them reach out to their potential clients and do business online.

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6- React Native/ Angular JS/ WordPress

The demand for react native, Angular JS, and also WordPress can be seen in good number of projects posted on major freelancing websites such as and It won’t be a bad idea to learn these skills and muster up the courage to land a proposal on these projects.

5- SEO

Everybody needs a website but without traffic, the site is good for nothing. SEO (search engine optimization) helps in the better ranking of a website in major search engines, Google primarily.

There are tons of courses out there on the internet but the one I like is on Udemy. You can master this skill within 6 months and practice it to learn more. Keep in mind, this field changes quickly because the algorithm for SEO on Google changes quickly.

4- Mobile App Development

80% and above of internet population use smartphones to perform daily activities. This huge traffic has increased the demand for mobile app developers in recent years. Instead of developing native apps for iOS and Android, clients demand hybrid mobile app developers who can create apps for both iOS and Android.

3- Graphics Designing

Computer needs graphics so therefore the demand of graphic designers will also be there. Be it social media, website, or a print media requirement, graphic design projects are posted in a good number on all freelance marketplaces.

Also with more websites being built, the demand for UX/UI is increasing. It is also increasing for designing user interfaces of mobile apps.

2- Software Development

I fail to understand why Software development misses out as a top skill for freelancers?.

When I look at the projects posted on Upwork and Guru, I see good demand for desktop software developers. Clients are still looking for quality software developers to build their desktop and cloud-based software/applications.

1- Website Development

Keep it or erase it, yes —the website development has always been and will continue to surface up as the most in-demand freelance skill.

With a boom in internet access, small businesses are turning up in huge numbers to get their websites developed.

Amid COVID-19, the demand for eCommerce websites has increased a lot as can be seen from this report.

Website developers, regardless of the platform they choose to build the websites are in good demand on all freelance marketplaces.

Written by Hisham Sarwar

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